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i'm a web designer, but more importantly, i surf the web. an interesting topic can get me to a site, but nothing can get me to click through a slideshow. they are an evil waste of time. i know this post is a year old, but hire me to take your web designers place. stupid slideshows.
I abhor ANY type of active motion when I'm trying to read an article. The advertisers know that, and sadistically shove that stuff at us. To insure the slideshow movements are not halted, most websites now have the pause buttons removed. These uncontrollable, flashing, swishing graphical movements and advertisements are GROUND ZERO for the perpetuation and escalation of Attention Deficit Disorder. I wish a group of our sue-happy attorneys would band together and go after the people responsible for this foul outrage.
I hate slideshows with a vengence. The only reason I found this question was beacuase I Google'd, "i hate slideshow articles". No joke. I'm glad a forum of anti-slideshow hatred exsists! The only reason I go through a select few is when I'm in meetings waiting for my turn to speak. I would much rather scroll through an article. Oh and when you're reading on your mobile device, slideshows are even worse. STOP WITH 'EM ALREADY!
NO NO NO NO NO. They are a huge waste of time, not only due to clicking the next page, but the IMMENSE amount of time it takes each page to load, thanks to the irritating ads. It's like saying that drivers will engage more with their driving if they are forced to stop at a red light at each intersection. They don't "engage", they (1) try to find something to occupy the time til the light changes (2) curse the stupid traffic engineer who couldn't care less about the drivers' needs (3) vow to find another route as soon as possible, one that will get them to their destination without all the fuss. Apply this metaphor to the slideshow, and you'll see what I mean. Oh yes, and some drivers will floor it, run the light and hope they don't crash or get caught. NO NO NO no slide shows!!!!!
I. Hate. Clicking. Through. Slideshows. Grrrrrr!
It makes me feel like some schmuck is making me jump through hoops just to push up a click count. Now, if there is an option to "see all", I'm fine with it, but if not, I usually won't read an article that I would otherwise have been interested in because of the slideshow format. I know that I'm not the only one - read the comments below slideshows sometimes, there are lots of complaints.
If you can keep another click-through slideshow from being created, you will have done your good deed for the day as far as I'm concerned.